Developing Cures, Creating Jobs

Sorry for the dry spell on the NYHW blog! Let’s blame it on summer vacations and this great sunny weather we’ve been having.

But we’re back today with exciting news!

A new report, Research in Your Backyard: Developing Cures, Creating Jobs, examines the impact pharmaceutical clinical trials has on patients and the economy of New York.

A third of all the clinical trials performed in the United States occur in New York. That means billions of dollars of tax revenue and job creation for New York, plus better health access for patients looking for alternative therapeutic options.

The majority of these trials focus on chronic diseases, which weigh the heaviest burden on our health care system. These chronic diseases are asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental illness and stroke.

There are currently more than 1,200 clinical trials ongoing in New York. To read the full report and to learn how to join a clinical trial, go here.

This report was fist revealed at the Bristol-Myers Squibb facility in East Syracuse. Various speakers at the event, including Sen. John DeFrancisco and SUNY Upstate VP of Research Dr. Steven Goodman, voiced their support for the report and encouraged NYS government to get behind research efforts and support funding for the bioscience sector.

Here is video of the event.

-Jaime Venditti, 07/25/12